Surf music isn’t exclusively a West Coast thing. There are some New Jersey devotees of the genre, including The Brigantines, who billed themselves as “New Jersey’s Number One Surfing Group” on their 2012 album, Vacation!
The band is actually from Freehold, not Brigantine (which is in Atlantic County, just north of Atlantic City). Bassist Aaron Leonovich told Pop-break.com in 2012: “We wanted name that captures the essence of the music we play, with some sort of geographic reference to New Jersey. We searched a map of looking for cities along the shore that might fit. Brigantine, N.J. turned into The Brigantines and it grew on us!”
Included on Vacation! is an instrumental, “Brigantine Barrel”; “barrel” is surfing lingo for a wave that arches over a surfer, creating something like a hollow tube (as in the photo on the album cover, above).
Check out the song itself, below.
New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday last year. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we are marking the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, for almost a year — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. We started in September 2014, and will keep going until late in the summer.
If you would like to suggest any songs to be included, please let me know in the comments section underneath the video. And if you want to see the entire list, either alphabetically or in the order the songs were selected, click here.